CIEE Elects New Board of Directors

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CIEE: Council on International Educational Exchange Appoints Ambassador Christopher Hill and Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy to Board of Directors.

CIEE has a long history of leadership and innovation in international exchange. Amb. Hill and Chancellor Subbaswamy will bring academic expertise and international insight to CIEE that will strengthen our ability to remain true to our mission.

CIEE’s Board of Directors recently elected two exemplary leaders in international exchange and higher education—Ambassador Christopher Hill, dean of the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver, and Kumble Subbaswamy, Ph.D., chancellor of the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Amb. Hill and Dr. Subbaswamy were officially appointed at the board’s meeting in Washington, D.C., on February 25.

In addition to serving as dean of the Josef Korbel School of International Studies, Amb. Hill is a monthly columnist for "Project Syndicate," and a highly sought public speaker and international affairs expert. A former career diplomat, Hill is a four-time ambassador, nominated by three presidents for posts in Iraq, Korea, Poland, and Macedonia. He was also assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific affairs, and special assistant to the president and a senior director on the staff of the National Security Council. Hill graduated from Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine, with a bachelor's degree in economics, and earned a master's degree from the Naval War College in 1994. Amb. Hill speaks Polish, Serbo-Croatian, and Macedonian.

Before he was named chancellor of the University of Massachusetts in 2012, Dr. Subbaswamy served as provost at the University of Kentucky, where he was a long-standing member of the physics faculty. His former positions also include associate dean of Arts and Sciences at Indiana University and the University of Miami. Subbaswamy serves on a number of panels, including the American Council on Education and the German-American Fulbright Commission. He holds a Bachelor of Science in physics from Bangalore University, a master’s in physics from Delhi University, and a doctorate in physics from Indiana University. Subbaswamy was elected as a fellow of the American Physical Society in 1989.

“CIEE has a long history of leadership and innovation in facilitating high-quality international exchange and study abroad programs. As stewards of our mission to enhance global harmony through people-to-people exchange, the CIEE Board of Directors is comprised of exemplary leaders in education, diplomacy, business, science, and technology. Ambassador Hill and Chancellor Subbaswamy will bring a dynamic and powerful combination of academic expertise and international insight to CIEE that will strengthen our ability to remain true to our mission,” notes James P. Pellow, Ed.D., president and CEO of CIEE.

Hill and Subbaswamy replace three outgoing board members: Amb. Kenton Keith, who served as senior vice president of Meridian International Center after a distinguished career in foreign service; Patti McGill Peterson, Ph.D., presidential advisor for global initiatives at American Council on Education and former president of Wells College and St. Lawrence University; and Amb. Charles Baquet, who served as director of the Center for Intercultural and International Programs at Xavier University, following his service as deputy director of the Peace Corps under two administrations and an exemplary foreign service career.

“We are delighted to welcome Amb. Chris Hill and Chancellor Subbaswamy to the CIEE board and we are grateful for the service of Amb. Keith, Amb. Baquet, and Dr. Peterson for their years of dedicated service and guidance,” said CIEE Board of Directors Chairman Robert Fallon. “We also look forward to working with Amb. Keith and Dr. Peterson as members of the newly created Ping Foundation Board to continue to pursue our goals to provide financial support and broaden access for international education and exchange."

Established in 2004, the Ping Foundation is a permanent endowment to honor Dr. Charles Ping, who was chairman of the CIEE Board of Directors from 1993 to 2004. The Foundation works to enhance CIEE’s mission through advocacy and research that will advance the field of international educational exchange, as well as by funding scholarship programs and providing matching grants to support local organizations where CIEE programs are based. The Ping Foundation Board also includes CIEE Board Chairman Robert Fallon, president and CEO, Phosplatin Therapeutics LLC, John Yopp, Ph.D., associate provost emeritus for educational partnerships, University of Kentucky, and Pellow.

The Ping Foundation was recently strengthened by a new partnership with Dell Inc., a leading technology company, which will match and contribute a percentage of all CIEE sales to help fund the Ping Foundation’s mission.

CIEE: Council on International Educational Exchange
Founded in 1947, CIEE is the country’s oldest and largest nonprofit study abroad and intercultural exchange organization, serving 300 U.S. colleges and universities, 1,000 U.S. high schools, and more than 35,000 international exchange students each year. CIEE operates 60 study centers in 40 countries, sponsors international faculty training programs, teach abroad programs, and various specialty and custom programs for secondary, post-secondary, and international students. Visit

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